Posts for: April, 2015

By Smart Family Dental Care
April 15, 2015
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: dental implants  

Find out how getting dental implants in Norcross could preserve the health of your jaw.

About Dental Implants

While dentures and dental bridges are still commonly used to replace missing teeth, if you are looking for something that offers a longer life while still remaining durable then you’ll want to consider getting dental implants in Norcross. What makes them so strong is that the implant itself acts as a tooth’s root, firmly holding an artificial tooth in place. This is the only tooth loss treatment that offers an artificial tooth that mimics both the look and feel of a real one.

The dental implant consists of three parts: the titanium metal post or implant, the abutment and a dental crown. The abutment is a metal connector that attaches the artificial tooth to the implant itself.

Dental Implant Jaw Benefits

Dental implants boast a variety of benefits that far surpass other treatment options. For one, you will never find another treatment with a more life-like quality. Furthermore, implants promise a healthier smile. When you lose a tooth, over time the other teeth start to shift to fill the gap. When this happens you also begin to lose jaw density, which affects the facial structure and causes your cheeks to cave in. However, dental implants are the only treatment that not only prevents teeth from shifting out of their normal position but it also protects your jaw health, as well.

Dental implants are surgically placed into a hole drilled into the jawbone. Over the course of several weeks the surrounding bone and tissue fuse with the metal implant, making the implant a permanent structure within the mouth. Because of this, the implant acts as the missing tooth’s root, preserving the health of your jaw and preventing facial structure changes. Furthermore, dental implants also promote the development of new jawbone cells, which will keep your jawbone healthy and strong for your lifetime.

Don’t let tooth loss affect your smile. Find out if dental implants are right for you by scheduling a consultation with your Norcross dentist, Dr. Orson Baek, DDS, MS, at Smart Family Dental Care.

By Smart Family Dental Care
April 15, 2015
Category: Oral Health

A woman as gorgeous and funny as Sofia Vergara surely planned to be a model and actress from the get-go, right? Wrong! Sofia’s first career choice actually was to be… a dentist! That’s right, the sexy star of TV’s Modern Family actually was only two semesters shy of finishing a dental degree in her native Columbia when she traded dental school for the small screen. Still, dental health remains a top priority for the actress and her son, Manolo.

“I’m obsessed,” she recently told People magazine. “My son thinks I’m crazy because I make him do a cleaning every three months. I try to bribe the dentist to make him to do it sooner!”

That’s what we call a healthy obsession (teeth-cleaning, not bribery). And while coming in for a professional cleaning every three months may not be necessary for everyone, some people — especially those who are particularly susceptible to gum disease — may benefit from professional cleanings on a three-month schedule. In fact, there is no one-size-fits-all approach to having professional teeth cleanings — but everyone needs this beneficial procedure on a regular basis.

Even if you are meticulous about your daily oral hygiene routine at home, there are plenty of reasons for regular checkups. They include:

  • Dental exam. Oral health problems such as tooth decay and gum disease are much easier — and less expensive — to treat in the earliest stages. You may not have symptoms of either disease early on, but we can spot the warning signs and take appropriate preventive or restorative measures.
  • Oral cancer screening. Oral cancer is not just a concern of the middle aged and elderly — young adults can be affected as well (even those who do not smoke). The survival rate for this deadly disease goes up tremendously if it is detected quickly, and an oral cancer screening is part of every routine dental visit.
  • Professional teeth cleaning. Calcified (hardened) dental plaque (tartar or calculus) can build up near the gum line over time — even if you brush and floss every day. These deposits can irritate your gums and create favorable conditions for tooth decay. You can’t remove tartar by flossing or brushing, but we can clear it away — and leave you with a bright, fresh-feeling smile!

So take a tip from Sofia Vergara, and don’t skimp on professional cleanings and checkups. If you want to know how often you should come in for routine dental checkups, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can learn more in the Dear Doctor articles “Dental Hygiene Visit” and “Dental Cleanings Using Ultrasonic Scalers.”